Jul 27, 2011 5:00pm PDT
. >> in terms of large operational bases at 9/11, they had afghanistan. to plan, to recruit, to store material, to train, to strategize in safety. today they still have part of afghanistan. they have a big swath of pakistan. they're in yemen. they're in somalia. they're all the way across north africa in a growing movement that's now reaching down into the western part of africa. and so just objectively you really don't need an opinion. you just need to look at the facts, sir. al qaeda is much bigger and much more geographically dispersed than it was at 9/11. >> chad, would you agree with that? and what kind of operations are we talking about in places like algeria and eenggypt compared t what they had in afghanistan when they had the harboring government of the taliban? >> i couldn't agree more with michael. and i'd actually go a step further to say not only is he right that they have now expanded geographically and have multiple launch points for operations but if we step back and look at that map you'll see it lays over very nicely with what we're witnessing with the arab spring. we're also
Jul 25, 2011 5:00pm PDT
. the reid plan says we won't be in iraq and afghanistan. that's $1 trillion. we'll have a commission. that will save us $$1 billion. those aren't real. >>> the problem you have is ideological purity. when you sit here and look at the congressional budget office, made it clear that if the bush tax cuts were not extended, all of them, deficit goes down. if you extend all of them, $3.3 trillion increase over ten years. that's fact will we won't sit here and debate a fact. it is a fact. and so on democratic side, it is crazy to sit here and say we have no issue with medicare, medicaid. no issue with social security. you have rising costs. at some point you cannot have people on the democratic side and the republican side say absolutely not. i'm not giving up anything. you have to be able to give up something. >> the republicans were willing, at least until recently. you heard john boehner, the speaker of the house saying he was willing for $800 billion in tax revenue. increases in taxes in effect. that's not ideological purity. >> right. could he sell that to his party? >> and at the end
Jul 29, 2011 5:00pm PDT
of the rest is because of the unfunded wars in iraq and afghanistan, started in the bush term which the first wars in american history that they didn't raise taxes to pay for. >> and in fairness, a lot of it is because of our economy has taken a tremendous nose dive. >> that's right. the economy has taken a nose dive. not because of any great spending splurge by the obama administration which didn't occur. >> so if you don't see a clear path forward right now, you have been there a while. you know how this sort of stuff works. how do we fashion such a path? >> the only way to fashion such a path -- let me say one thing. you have to understand how bad the boehner plan or anything they are insisting on is. i've seen too much commentary saying boehner and reid aren't that far apart, which is nonsense. the second half of getting the debt ceiling raised is dependent on a second $1.6 trillion spending cut, almost entirely from entitlements, you will have already eviscerated the direct spending part. you have to make draconian cuts in medicare, medicaid, and democrats cannot stand for that, period.
Jul 26, 2011 5:00pm PDT
and afghanistan. that's not so much. $3 billion. people all around the world. what else? >> we have to take care of unemployment insurance. >> although people struggling out there. you know they must be taken care of. that's $13 billion. what else? too snigs. >> well, we have to pay veterans benefits. we have to take care of our veterans. >> we're taking care of our veterans. that's $3 billion more. you can't forget your federal salaries here. all the people who make the government run. are you going to throw those in? >> of course. >> we put those in. what else do you want to pay for here? >> you've got it. people who get irs refunds. what about those people? >> 77% of the country gets irs refunds. we have to take care of those people. you're almost there? what else do you want? >> tuition assistance. education. >> all those young people are going to need jobs. you're over here. and now, do you know what? i showed up at your door. i'm an advocate for the poor in this country. i'm telling you if you don't put in food and nutrition senses, you're in big trouble. which one are you going to take of
Jul 21, 2011 5:00pm PDT
on our hands with afghanistan, the debt ceiling, joblessness, and all of that. we can't help but notice a school yard scuffle on the floor of congress. on one side, debbie wasserman schultz, the chairman of the democratic national committee, never met a sound bite she didn't like. and on the other side, alan west, republican from florida's second district, a tea party favorite and no stranger to controversy. they're practically neighbors, right. it started when representative schultz lobbed something over the backyard fence. take a listen. >> incredulously, the gentleman from florida, who represents thousands of medicare beneficiaries, as do i, is supportive of this plan that would increase costs for medicare beneficiaries, unbelievable from a member from south florida. >> well, neighbor west took huge offense at this. he fired back an e-mail to her personal e-mail, i might note, and he said, i quote, "you are the most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member of the house of representatives." wow, that tells you something, especially considering how many might qualify for that title.
Jul 22, 2011 5:00pm PDT
of this group from iraq. and so there have been incidents. they provide forces to nato and af afghanistan. i think norway's law enforcement intelligence community had begun to see the possibility of an attack there. >> didn't they say this was a legitimate target for his efforts? >> absolutely. and saturday what hary said they were going to -- al qaeda was going to take revenge for the publication of that cartoon of the prophet muhammed. >> i mention that simply because we want to make clear why people might think of islamic terrorists when this happened. there was friction there although again the indication right now is this probably was not the case here. fran, is there any real lesson that can come out of this right now for other countries? it seems to me the only one really is a reit rags of this notion that you simply cannot look at your borders, you can't just look at your airports. you got to be looking at your own population at the same time you're looking at the world population in this world we live in. >> that's right, tom. the other message, i think, is for that reason, all coun